Leader Biography

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 2, 2004. He was called as second counselor in the Church’s First Presidency on February 3, 2008, and served in that position until January 2018. He has served as a General Authority since April 1994.

Elder Uchtdorf was born on 6 November 1940 in then Mährisch-Ostrau, Czechoslovakia, to Karl Albert and Hildegard Else Opelt Uchtdorf. He was raised in Zwickau, Germany, where his family joined the Church in 1947.

He studied engineering and later continued his education in business administration in Cologne, Germany, and international management in Lausanne, Switzerland. President Uchtdorf joined the German Air Force in 1959 and received his pilot wings in Big Spring, Texas, and fighter pilot training in Phoenix, Arizona.

In 1965, Elder Uchtdorf joined Lufthansa German Airlines as a pilot. He worked as an airline captain from 1970 to 1996, flying multiple types of airplanes and completing his career flying the B747. He held several executive positions, including head of the airline pilot school, director of in-flight services and head of cockpit crews. At the time of his call as a general authority, he was the senior vice president of flight operations and chief pilot of Lufthansa German Airlines. He was also chairman of the Flight Operations Committee of the International Air Transport Association. He has served as a board member for several government and business executive committees.

Elder Uchtdorf married Harriet Reich on 14 December 1962. They are the parents of two children and have six grandchildren. Since his call as an apostle, Elder and Sister Uchtdorf now have their permanent home in the United States.

Elder and Sister Uchtdorf love to travel. They have visited most parts of the world. They enjoy hiking, classical music and spending time with their children and grandchildren.

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